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The best lunchboxes for kids

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The best lunchboxes for kids

Whether you're off on a day out to the zoo or the park, or your little one is about to start school, a good lunchbox is important. To many children, a lunchbox is the centre of the universe - snacks live in there! Sandwiches live in there! 

If your little one isn't keen on eating lunch, then a brightly coloured and cheerful lunchbox can help encourage self feeding. 

Choose a lunchbox for your child that tells of the excitement inside - we know that part of the enjoyment of eating comes from the visual, so set them up for success with a funky place to keep their food. 

From owls, to Disney characters, star designs, and unicorns, we've chosen our favourite children's lunchboxes you can buy today: 

The lunchbox we all wish we had at primary school (who remembers that Barbie plastic box?) this Skip Hop bag is perfect for your little monkey! We particularly love the 3D ears and banana toggle.

With stainless steel utensils that click into the lid, this bento box is great for keeping everything in your child's lunch separate (something my lunchbox was missing when I was seven, and went on a school trip only to open it up and find my sandwiches covered in chocolate Swiss roll crumbs). 

This cute, easy-to-wipe owl lunch bag is bound to make your little one look forward to lunchtime. Designed in Australia, we love the 3D ears and the insulated bottle holder that will help keep your tot’s water cold 'til lunchtime.

Covered in jungle friends, this cheerful design can hold a big lunch for little ones. There's a water bottle holder on the side, and you can get a matching water bottle too. 

Unicorns, sequins, AND SNACKS! What's not to love with this Tesco lunch bag. 

With a 3D face and a handy bottle holder, Minnie is the perfect lunchtime companion with this bag. We love the handy zipped closure, which means your little one’s lunch will stay safe, no matter how many times it’s dropped!

This super cute bag comes in a number of different friendly animal designs your tot is bound to love. With a clever three-way design, the bag can easily be converted into a backpack or shoulder bag for ease. We love the eye-catching designs and the extra padding, to keep those snacks safe.

If you’ve got a Paw Patrol fan on your hands, this is the lunchtime bundle you need! The lunch bag comes complete with sandwich box and drinking bottle, and is available in both pink and blue.

This one is cute enough for you to use as a cool bag before your tot is old enough to take it to nursery. With an insulated lining, this is surprisingly roomy, yet light enough to fold away when the snacks are gone!

Cute as a button, this Paperchase lunch bag is insulated and roomy enough to contain all the best snacks. 

Which is your little one's favourite lunchbox? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

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  • Author: Sophie Knight Sophie Knight
  • Job Title: Contributing Editor

Sophie is a journalist and mum of one, and previously edited before moving on to write about family cars for - now Sophie is Commercial Content Editor for M&B, Closer, Heat, Empire, Yours, Garden News, and 

She is passionate about raising awareness around postnatal depression and is a Mental Health First Aider.

Sophie studied History at the University of Sheffield and has been in journalism for 16 years. 

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